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Music In Words: Messiaen’s Quartet For The End Of Time

Music in Words: Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time

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(In Cantonese 粵語主講)

When Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time was premiered during his captivity in a Nazi prison camp, it is said that the four musicians were playing on broken instruments – the cello had only three strings and some piano keys would not bounce back. How much of this account has been fictionalised remains unknown, but it highlights the devastating conditions under which the musicians lived and worked towards the premiere. 80 years later, how do musicians today relate to the heaviness of Messiaen’s masterpiece? Hosted by Prof. Chan Hing-yan, quartet members Kitty Cheung (violin), Linus Fung (clarinet), Eric Yip (cello), and Nancy Loo (piano) will share their take.


Kitty Cheung
Linus Fung
Eric Yip
Nancy Loo
Prof. Chan Hing-yan
Department of Music, The University of Hong Kong


Rehearsal Room
LG1/F, Run Run Shaw Tower
Centennial Campus
The University of Hong Kong


FREE via online registration

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  • Patrons under the age of 12 will not be admitted.

  • The programme is approximately 45 minutes without intermission. 

  • Guests are advised to arrive punctually. No latecomers will be admitted until a suitable break in the programme. 

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  • A temperature check will be conducted upon entry. Anyone with a fever or respiratory symptoms should seek medical advice and will not be admitted.

  • Hand sanitising stations are available at the entrance.

  • Guests are required to wear masks throughout the event. 

  • Programmes and artists are subject to change. 

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